Thursday, January 31, 2008

Canadian Music Icon Bif Naked Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

Vancouver, BC - Only three months after her highly publicized marriage to Vancouver Sun extreme sports columnist Ian Walker, platinum selling Bodog Music recording artist Bif Naked revealed Sunday in a candid radio interview with noted Canadian television and radio personality George Stroumboulopoulos that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

"It is a very surreal situation for Ian and I at this time. Two weeks ago, I was doing a self breast exam and discovered a lump. I went into my doctor for a checkup and he immediately sent me for tests, including a mammogram, which indicated a high possibility of cancer. From there, things have gone at what seems like light speed: biopsy, blood tests, cancer clinic. It's been two weeks from being completely healthy to cancer patient with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy scheduled," explained Bif.

Bif Naked is currently in preproduction on two new albums. The first is the highly anticipated sixth Bif Naked album, following her 2005 release Superbeautifulmonster. She has also devoted herself to a second recording project, Jakkarta, with Spanish-born, death-metal guitarist La Machina. The music of Jakkarta revisits the heavier sounds of Bif's roots and the gutsiness of her early works.

"I plan on taking it one day at a time and to tackle this with a positive attitude," Bif told George on his nationally-syndicated radio program The Strombo Show. "I have never been one to give up when an obstacle is placed in front of me. I am in the fight of my life, and I'm lucky to have the support of my husband Ian and many friends and family members. With the help of my Bodog Music family, I plan to continue working on these recording projects in between the cancer treatments and come out the other side with two great albums and a clean bill of health. "I'm glad it's me and not my mom," Bif continued.

"I'm glad it's me and not my sister. I'm glad it's me and not any of my friends. I am ready for the fight."

Bif Naked's career has been built on her tireless touring, performing and recording. Additionally, her efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle and straight edge obedience are Bif's badges of honor. Her diligence in maintaining the diet of a live food vegan, a stringent workout ethic and yoga schedule keep Bif centered.

Bif notes, "It is important for everyone to understand that cancer is non discriminatory and even those in great health can be subject to cancer as a diagnosis. I urge all women at every age to self examine and go for scheduled mammograms. Early Detection is the best tool in the fight against cancer."

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